EXCLUSIVE EDITION – N. 001/200
Museum Display by Luca “Vettius” Montenovesi
The 1st SS-Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (abbreviated as 1. SS-Pz.Div. LSSAH) began as Adolf Hitler‘s personal bodyguard, responsible for guarding the Führer’s person, offices, and residences. Initially the size of a regiment, the LSSAH eventually grew into an elite division-sized unit. The term Leibstandarte was derived partly from Leibgarde – a somewhat archaic German translation of “Guard of Corps” or personal bodyguard of a military leader (“Leib” = lit. “body, torso”) – and Standarte: the Schutzstaffel (SS) or Sturmabteilung (SA) term for a regiment-sized unit.
The LSSAH independently participated in combat during the invasion of Poland, and was amalgamated into the Waffen-SS together with the SS-Verfügungstruppe (SS-VT) and the combat units of the SS-Totenkopfverbände (SS-TV) prior to Operation Barbarossa in 1941. By the end of World War II it had been increased in size from a regiment to a Panzer division.
The Leibstandarte division’s symbol was a skeleton key, in honour of its first commander, Josef “Sepp” Dietrich (Dietrich is German for skeleton key or lock pick); it was retained and modified to later serve as the symbol for I SS Panzer Corps. The elite division, a component of the Waffen-SS, was found guilty of war crimes in the Nuremberg Trials. Members of the LSSAH participated in numerous atrocities. They killed at least an estimated 5,000 prisoners of war in the period 1940–1945, mostly on the Eastern Front (Font Wikipedia).
The Panther was built by Ton van Rijnberk, master builder of “Field of Armour Models”
Another Masterpiece by Master Lucio Cecchetti: 40Kg of iron, put togheter by Italian talent. This time too, I put just “the meat”.
Vettius for KP, February 2014
This time too, the bulk of the work was done by other guys, and more precisely by Dave Dibb (Armopax) who built the first version of the diorama (almost all components within the scene, were done by him), then skillfully reworked by Dave Revelia (Suncoast Center). As always, my work has focused just on the figures.
Well, what else can I say? I’m proud to have been part of this wonderful project.
Thanks Dave & Dave!
Third “Museum Quality” piece for KP.
The second “Museum Quality” piece, expressly realized for KP.
It is on permanent display at the Sovana’s Museum (Tuscany, Italy).
The Siege of Yorktown, Battle of Yorktown, or Surrender at Yorktown, the latter taking place on October 19, 1781, was a decisive victory by a combined force of American Continental Army troops led by General George Washington and French Army troops led by the Comte de Rochambeau over a British Army commanded by British lord and Lieutenant General Lord Cornwallis. The culmination of the Yorktown campaign, the siege proved to be the last major land battle of the American Revolutionary War in North America, as the surrender by Cornwallis and the capture of both him and his army, prompted the British government to negotiate an end to the conflict. (Font Wikipedia)
I have several reasons to be happy and proud of this work:
-is the most important work-commissioned by the Center (thanks Dave!)
-my first foray in that historical period
-and last but not least, because finally after so many years, I have had the chance and privilege to cooperate with Magister TB, who has realized in a sublime way, the real Stars of the scene, ie the General Washington (including its portentous portrait), the Comte de Rochambeau and the young French officer.
Thanks again Tony, you’ve been really priceless!
The Italians occupied Cyrenaica during the Italo-Turkish War in 1911 and declared it an Italian protectorate on 15 October 1912. Three days later, the Ottoman Empire officially ceded the province to the Kingdom of Italy. On 17 May 1919, Cyrenaica was established as an Italian colony, and, on 25 October 1920, the Italian government recognized Sheikh Sidi Idriss as the leader of the Senussi, who was granted the rank of Emir until in 1929. In that year, Italy “derecognized” him and the Senussi. On 1 January 1934, Tripolitania, Cyrenaica, and Fezzan were united as the Italian colony of Libya.
The Italian fascists constructed the Marble Arch as a form of an imperial triumphal arch at the border between Cyrenaica and Tripolitani near the coast.
There was heavy fighting in Cyrenaica during World War II between the Allies and the Italian Army and the Nazi German Afrika Korps. In late 1942, the armed forces of the British Empire overran Cyrenaica, and the United Kingdom administered all of Libya through 1951, when the Kingdom of Libya was established and granted independence (font Wikipedia).
I had a rather marginal role in this work, in fact the actual author, is my friend Lucio Cecchetti, who has created piece by piece, the Benelli motorcycle and other scenic elements.
So, I have limited myself to modeling and painting the figure. But I was still very happy to participate at this great project!
Valerius from Gallia Lugdunensis
Roman Legionary – Legio XIV Gemina – Roman Invasion of Britain Circa 49 A.D.
Stationed in Moguntiacum, Germania Superior, since AD 9, XIV Gemina Martia Victrix was one of four legions used by Aulus Plautius and Claudius in the Roman invasion of Britain in 43, and took part in the defeat of Boudicca in 60 or 61.
This was the battle that would send them down in history as one of the greatest Roman Legions.
At the stand at Watling Street the 14th defeated Boudicca’s force of 230,000, according to Tacitus and Dio, with their meager force of 10,000 Legionaries and Auxiliaries.
This act secured them as Nero’s “most effective”, and kept them garrisoned in Britain during the next few years to keep the uneasy tribes in check. After which, in 68 it was stationed in Gallia Narbonensis (font KP).
Result of the first cooperation with Italian brand Kaustic Plastik, “Valerius” has required very few changes, given its high quality standards. Were limited to remodeling and painting of the body parts exposed.